technicality

noun
tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce technicality (audio) \
plural technicalities

Definition of technicality

1 : something technical especially : a detail meaningful only to a specialist a legal technicality
2 : the quality or state of being technical

Examples of technicality in a Sentence

These cases were dropped because of legal technicalities.

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Now, the project had qualified for the Opportunity Zone tax breaks on what seemed like a technicality. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Trump points to Opportunity Zones initiative to show how he’s helped cities like Baltimore. How has it worked?," 30 July 2019 With the extensive array of options and confusing technicalities regarding bulb types, picking the right option can be an overwhelming task. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Foolproof Guide to the Different Types of Light Bulbs," 8 June 2019 The technicality could result in a dismissal of the case, the judge said. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Here’s what’s going on in Kevin Spacey’s legal saga," 8 July 2019 The technicalities of those arguments mattered little to J.A. Moore, a South Carolina state representative who is backing Harris and felt a personal connection to her story. Meg Kinnard And Juana Summers, USA TODAY, "Biden says he was wrong in comments about segregationists," 7 July 2019 That’s a technicality, of course, because the Cavs view each player as an important part of this rebuild. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers sign Darius Garland, Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter Jr. to rookie deals," 3 July 2019 The technicalities of those arguments mattered little to J.A. Moore, a South Carolina state representative who is backing Harris and felt a personal connection to her story. Anchorage Daily News, "Biden says he was wrong in comments about segregationists," 6 July 2019 Their initial choice, Khairat el-Shater, was disqualified on a technicality. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Mohamed Morsi, Who Brought the Muslim Brotherhood to the Egyptian Presidency," 19 June 2019 In August 2018, after Montanez had spent more than five weeks in jail for refusing to provide the passcode, an appellate court dismissed the contempt case on a technicality. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of technicality

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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technicality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of technicality

: a small detail in a rule, law, etc., and especially one that forces an unwanted or unexpected result
: something that is understood by experts but usually not by other people

technicality

noun
tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē How to pronounce technicality (audio) \
plural technicalities

Kids Definition of technicality

: something that is understood only by a person with special training a legal technicality

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